Our BlogHer badges arrived last week. Attached were ten tickets to purchase drinks at the official parties.
This is Linda's first BlogHer conference -- and getting her here was something of a feat, because she doesn't really enjoy conferences and (as she put it last night), "I don't like networking." And when she got her first look at the announced agenda several weeks ago, she couldn't identify a session that sounded interesting to her.
But she does appreciate a good party, and last night, we visited four of them (five, if you include the opening night reception in the exhibit hall, where food and wine were served).
I do, too - but the reasons I come here year after year are more serious. I come for information, inspiration and the cameraderie of friends. I still cannot believe how many real relationships I have developed with women from all over the country, merely through the act of blogging (and microblogging). Yesterday was a hugfest, as I ran into dozens of women whose friendship mean the world to me.
These women included Erin (Queen of Spain) Kotecki Vest, who has been through health hell over the last few years. Erin works for BlogHer, but her fight with lupus has forced her to step back from her old job as a political editor for the organization -- and I'm afraid that has affected this year's programming. This is the first year I've attended that did not include a news and politics track, and I sorely miss that. I am praying for Erin to turn the corner on her health so she can get back to work.
Erin is the inspiration for a blood drive here tomorrow at the San Diego Convention Center. It takes the blood of 1,000 donors to create just one dose of the IVIG treatment she must undergo to fight her condition. If you're attending the conference and eligible to give blood, I urge you to do so. You never know whose life you're going to save.